By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) The world’s first solar road, built near Normandy, France, has been a massive failure, leading advocates of so-called “fossil fuels” to reassert that they are best solution for the planet’s energy needs in the foreseeable future.
As reported by French newspaperÂ Le Monde, the 2,800 square meter segment, built inÂ 2016 near Tourouvre-au-Perche, was never efficient or profitable and is now is such bad shape it’s not even worth repairing.
In May, the paper reported a 100-meter stretch was in such poor repair that it had to be demolished altogether.
TheÂ Le Monde report also noted that various parts of the road do not fit together properly, while some panels have come loose and others have shattered into fragments.
In addition to the damage and the road’s inability to stand up to traffic, the panel never delivered on its energy-production promise, either. Officials hoped the panel segement would produce something like 790 kWh each day, an amount of energy that could power the lives of 3,000-5,000 people.
However, the production rate was only about half that, according to the report.
Production levels continued to drop as time went on, the report said, while the road’s components and panels came further into disrepair. Also, the elements — rotting leaves and rain, for instance — affected the road’s performance.
Plus, it was loud — so much so that the speed limit had to be dropped for the segment.
According to TheÂ Daily Caller, there were also concerns because the panels wouldn’t be tilted to follow the sun and would often be covered by cars during periods when the sun was out, leaving many to conclude the whole project would be completely inefficient.
At a cost of about $6.1 million, 75 pecent of the panels were actually broken before they were installed. Also, the section doesn’t generate much energy, it can’t be driven on, and 83 percent of its panels are now broken, The Daily Caller reportd.
One electrical engineer even went as far as describing it as a “total and epic failure” in an interview withÂ KXLY news.
Had the segment even worked properly, it would have only generated enough power for a water fountain and lights in a restroom.
That said, a solar segment of sidewalk/road in the Netherlands has fared somewhat better,Â Business Insider reports.
According toSolarRoad.nl, energy production on the small segment of pathway exceeded expectations last year. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to go and build solar roads en masse.
As the reports noted, elements like cloud cover, automobile cover, and the fragile nature of the panels make solar roads inefficient, ineffective, and much to be desired.
Say advocates of fossil fuels, if there were a market for solar-panel roadways and other “green” energy projects, they would be in widespread use by now and some companies would be making big money from them.
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